Zero Punctuation: LEGO Indy

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The more I think about it the more I'm happy with my "Noahs Arcade presents Waynes World" analogy. Ropey intro that had a certain charm gets replaced by overly flashy and produced intro that just leaves everyone staring at the screen in a WTF moment. Suits + Cult thing = Sucktastic.

In other news, if 30 seconds is allowed under fair use, every Napalm Death song is free :D

The old intro/music bits really went with the casual setting of Yahtzee sitting on a couch with his laptop, assembling reviews, oh here's some music I like, I'll throw that in the intro! Gave the whole thing a delightfully amateurish, rough-hewn feel (fictitious as that idea may be, since this is a commercial site and of course there's lots of editing and polish and blah blah blah), helped give it a neat identity, made it stand out.

The new music and intro don't stand out - they resemble lots of other video reviews out there. It's like throwing away Apple's iconic logo and replacing it with some bland modern typeface.

If it was done for anticipated legal reasons, then fine, I'll cry into my beer, but you guys can come up with something better than this.

ThaBenMan:

DirkBelig:
Selling out FTL.

How the fuck has he "sold out"? It's an original piece created just for ZP, it's not like it's a Disturbed song with a note to go buy their new album or any such shit.

Crappy thrash rock, original or not, is still crappy. The screeching guitar made me think of the Burnout review, which he mocked as something to play right before playing a rock guitar solo, so yeah, I did think "sell out" just a little. The pirated music gave it the anarchic vibe that I love about ZP.

A pretty OK review... I dunno but something seemed a bit off from your others. Maybe it was lack of scathing hatred found in other videos?
Can't say I really fancy the new intro and outro, but I doubt anything I say on a thread will do a thing about that. I will miss the old musical selection. R.I.P.

Awesome! I love it :D I agree with the review of the film.

Cracking stuff!

That's odd, because I enjoyed this review more than any I've seen to date. The others have all been hugely enjoyable, but this is the first that had me laughing out loud throughout - great stuff.

No witty selection of copyrighted music to open and close the review? What's next, no more witty and/or insulting comments spliced into the credits?

Ah well, the review itself was funny. I've personally never understood the love so many people have for the Lego games, probably because as a child my family was too poor to afford the still monstrously overpriced Lego sets. I played a demo of the most recent Lego-themed Star Wars game, and while it was fun for about the five minutes it lasted, I just can't imagine playing through TWO movie trilogies worth of it.

I suppose it was inevitable--I've registered at The Escapist just to comment on a Zero Punctuation episode. :0)

Loved the review, as usual. What took it from "above average" to "best EVER!" for me was the Deep Space Nine crack at the end. The review almost makes me want to try Lego Indy, even though I'm incapable of playing anything more complicated than Tetris.

I empathize with the not wanting to rip off copyrighted music anymore thing but still; I really liked the two music selections and always looked forward to hearing them. Theres just something about hearing 'Bugs' by Pearl Jam in a videogame review that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Negative funny points for the little live, no-voice bit at the end. Kinda pointless but who the hell am I to complain about getting extra free stuff?

Anyway, good stuff as always.

I'm not sure about the new intro, either, but fuck it. "South Park" stopped killing Kenny when that got old and the Angry Video Game Nerd stopped saying "cocka-dookie" when he realized that was just childish.

Oh wait. No he didn't. But fact is, shit changes depending on your diet, so we can deal.

That all said, this one didn't make me laugh. Not sure why, but they can't all be winners, now can they? No they can't. Much like the Indiana Jones series itself. I haven't seen the new one, but most have put it above Temple of Doom. But then, so is a turd and mayo sandwich.

I'm not sure what the deal is with the Short Round hate. I can see disliking Willie, the screeching bimp that she is, but Short Round? Granted he's an Asian stereotype, but set in an era when such stereotypes would be more likely to be true. maybe I just liked the Goonies too much and liked seeing Jonathan Ke Quan on the screen more than most people.

All things considered, this game sounds like it'd be right up my alley. Not that I have the brain of a child, but because of the forgiving nature implied with being able to kill your friends. Good lord, I can't tell you how much fun that sounds like. And the decidedly juvenile platforming and puzzles are liable to be easy enough for my decidedly short attention span and patience for such things. I really could not deal with a puzzle that would actually challenge me at this point. Not unless the answer is multiple choice and the third option is something off-color, like "suck my balls."

Malygris:
Interesting choice of themes. Was that created specifically for ZP?

Nice edit. :)

Yeah, it was created specifically for ZP. I'm not sure if it would be appropriate to comment beyond that, so I won't.

I appreciate the feedback either way. I know it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, and the ZP crowd is nothing if not vocal about their opinions. I'm just happy that a decent percentage of posters likes it. If I hit 50% I figure I'm doing alright.

I have to say this one was very good. Well, more than very good since I'm easily satisfied because I, above all, love the constant association of ideas and layman symbolization going on in the reviews.

Plus the fuck.

Page 6.

First?

So, let's start a serious discussion for a change (flame war, flame war !!!)...

How can some people say that Skull is better than Temple ? Temple is the worst of the originals, granted, but still was fun in a naive kind of way... and some of the scenes are really great (mine carts, bridge, banquet) and belong to Indy's myth. (Plot spoilers ahead if you care).

I didn't hate Skull, but it could have been a much better movie (basically they could have taken Fate of Atlantis script... ANY of the three paths would have been better). The story is the main offender, really, the whole aliens/skulls thing is confusing even though there is much more plot exposition than the previous movies, and the sci-fi twist feels really out of place in the context of the series. The interplay between Mutt and Indy is not bad, but the whole "Indy has a son" thing felt tacked on.

Most of all, WTF, in the second part it became sort of a school/family trip, I mean FIVE good guys? It has always been Indy vs. the World, and it really felt dispersive. Besides, no one of the others really did anything for me, at least you can HATE Short Round and Willie... Marion had that idiot stupefied smile all the time, and the bitching with Indy lacked the spark of Raiders big time. I really think was a mistake bringing her back.

The fridge.

Good points : good chasing scenes, good setting and villains (I was skeptic about the "evil commies", but in the end they were not so bad), and Harrison Ford delivered as usual.

I miss the music at the beginning and end as well. I thought they added a nice touch of humor and, strangely, a sense of individuality rarely seen on the internet. None the less, very funny and enjoyable.

Nice review as always, but he new music sucks so get back to stealing songs!

Or are you trying to turn this into similar controversy you described in your last video? Well you can do whatever you want, it is your webcomic after all...err, review.

The new intro is awesome, although i miss the music selection.

People do realise that Wilhemenia "Willy" Scott is Mrs. Steven Spielberg, don't they?

So no real reason for her to come back, eh?

I really liked this review, but is it just me or is Yahtzee encountering something of a dry spell? Of all the games, he just had to review Lego Indiana Jones? I'm not complaining, I'm just curious, or does the idea of trying to play Guitar Hero: On Tour make him cringe?

NOTE: This post was not meant to be pretentious and contains no offensive pretext. Please don't make a big deal out of it.

I liked the review, didn't think much of the lego game versions of star wars and indiana jones until I saw the star wars retrospective in gametrailers, they certainly looked humorous and fun for a few hours of gaming. Might give it a try soon since it looks like fun to break he nazis to pieces :)
I didn't like very much the new intro/end of the review, previously they had a 'personal' touch with each different song playing at beginning and end. Ahh well, can't have it all my way I guess.
LT.

What exactly is bad about the new music? Too heavy for you old ladies? :P jk, but I think it's great. You may be right about about how it's not exactly "fitting" of the tone of ZP, but it's not nearly as bad as metal music in Prince of Persia. And yes, it was clever how the chosen songs fit with the game being reviewed, but (in my opinion, anyway) alot of it was just shitty.

Great review, though I don't like the new intro. The music just seems very generic to me. I can deal with the "not ripping off copyrighted material anymore" thing, but I just don't think the music fits very well.

Other than the music part, though, I think this is the funniest zero punctuation in a while. Several laugh out loud moments through it, where the last couple of reviews had only been eliciting mild chuckles from me. Heheh, fuzzy felt deep space nine..... I'd probably buy that game.

Loving the new music intro, it really brings out your harsh interior, filled with the blood and guts of your slain... wait a minute, you review stuff don't you? Yeah, it's a nice intro, like the music. Also looks more professional indeed

Kurtz79:
So, let's start a serious discussion for a change (flame war, flame war !!!)...

How can some people say that Skull is better than Temple ? Temple is the worst of the originals, granted, but still was fun in a naive kind of way... and some of the scenes are really great (mine carts, bridge, banquet) and belong to Indy's myth. (Plot spoilers ahead if you care).

I didn't hate Skull, but it could have been a much better movie (basically they could have taken Fate of Atlantis script... ANY of the three paths would have been better). The story is the main offender, really, the whole aliens/skulls thing is confusing even though there is much more plot exposition than the previous movies, and the sci-fi twist feels really out of place in the context of the series. The interplay between Mutt and Indy is not bad, but the whole "Indy has a son" thing felt tacked on.

Most of all, WTF, in the second part it became sort of a school/family trip, I mean FIVE good guys? It has always been Indy vs. the World, and it really felt dispersive. Besides, no one of the others really did anything for me, at least you can HATE Short Round and Willie... Marion had that idiot stupefied smile all the time, and the bitching with Indy lacked the spark of Raiders big time. I really think was a mistake bringing her back.

The fridge.

Good points : good chasing scenes, good setting and villains (I was skeptic about the "evil commies", but in the end they were not so bad), and Harrison Ford delivered as usual.

Temple of Doom was an awesome movie, a PROPER Indiana Jones movie.

Skull had a terrible plot, alot of the acting was sub par, it had Shia LeBouff in it, it was far too implausible for an Indiana Jones movie.

Okay, fine, in Temple you have a guy's heart being ripped out whilst still alive but that pales in logical comparison to surviving a nuclear explosion in a lead lined fridge and then STARING at the mushroom cloud merely (probably) a kilometer away.

*breathes*

On the review.

It was good, I chuckled a bit, the Babylon 5 joke got me the most. I've only ever tried Lego Star Wars and I found it pretty fun with other family members, but I can't imagine Single Player being all that much fun.

I loved the review of Crystal Skull. Nice addition to the interview.

Having never played the lego games(and probably refusing to do so ever), I can't say whether or not I agree with the review of the game itself, but I can agree with the other points brought up around it, like how Short Round should die at least 14 times and how frustrating certain platforming sections of Super Mario Sunshine were.

I very much enjoyed the actual review of lego indiana jones, one of my favorites so far.

However, I strongly despise the new intro and new music, the old intro had a certain classic charm, this one ... eh, well , just sucks... I hope he goes back to the classic version.

me no like new intro. old one fun. new one scary like communism.

And yes, im new on the forums, please dont hurt me.

I'm just happy that he's finally expanding his horizons. First webcomic tutorials, now movie reviews. Soon, the whole world shall feel the wrath of Canadian Lumber! Oops...wrong forum.

Liked the new intro and closing, especially the sweet solo during the credits.

Arbitrary13:
I really wish the Escapist would remove those rotten integrated ads at the end of the feature.

Ads pay salaries. Without ads, there are no salaries, and therefore no content. Essentially what you're asking is for us to stop paying our contributors and staff. That's not something we want to do, and I don't think it's something you'd want us to do either.

Today we morn the passing of our dear friends Intro and Outro Music, may they rest in peace.

I can understand the copyright problems, but the new theme music is just BLAND and UNINSPIRED. Try again.

Otherwise, OK review I guess.

PS. And what's with that unnecessary short intro AND that fancy-pants background in the end credits? ANNOYING!

Landslide:

Arbitrary13:
I really wish the Escapist would remove those rotten integrated ads at the end of the feature.

Ads pay salaries. Without ads, there are no salaries, and therefore no content. Essentially what you're asking is for us to stop paying our contributors and staff. That's not something we want to do, and I don't think it's something you'd want us to do either.

Hrrrm...that's a very poor argument. There are many ways to advertise and gain money without having specific tailored ads.
I'd be tempted to say that no-one who watches ZP doesn't know about De-Rez et al; and those that don't, probably don't want to.

m_jim:
I did think "sell out" just a little. The pirated music gave it the anarchic vibe that I love about ZP.

Here we go with the "it's too mainstream for my tastes."

Not to pick on you in particular, but really, who cares about a polished "professional" intro that is all of 5% of the total runtime of the video? If something is popular and crafted well, it will be picked up by someone with money and they will put their watermark on it. It's a necessary evil.

Now if Yahtzee had to "tone down" his shtick, then we'd have an argument about selling out.

While the style has changed just a bit, the substance is still the same, people.

/omg I liked NSync when they were underground!!1!one

lolz, i kinda liked lego star wars, but the humour on it was.. painful
i havent tried the new lego indy yet, and i cant be bothered to buy it, but if its anything like lego star wars then i have nothing bad against it
oh and i agree, there are only 3 indie movies!

Yahtzee is a amazingly intelligent reviewer and watch his reviews over anything like ign's reviews i think are bogus.
i don't like lego games at all i find them hard to take seriously as a game and not just as a total money profitable game for no other than the annoying kids that bug their mums for games.
^^^feel free to post hateful comments about me lego lovers

The new theme strikes me as just a little generic. I've already got it jumbled up with whatever song they were using to promote the PS3 a month or so back (that "ladies and gentlemen" one.) It doesn't seem to me to characterize ZP very well. I understand why there is a set theme and was actually wondering a while back why they hadn't gotten nailed for copyright violation yet (are the older articles going to be changed retroactively or what?) but maybe this could use some tweaking.

Still, I'll get used to it, and it's a good review overall. I think there's a point at which George Lucas bashing passed the point from "legitimate criticism" to "creepy fandom vendetta"- even if the prequels + Crystal Skull were all irredeemable shit (a view I don't hold, but for the sake of argument and NOT starting some tangential thread I'll avoid getting into that) he at least made some good films way back when, setting him above your Michael Bay types- but then snark is the name of the game here.

I've not yet gotten to play Lego Indy, but I do recall melee combat was not the best part of Lego Star Wars unless you had a lightsaber. The "getting pushed off the edge by the other guy" problem seems new, though. Still, sounds worth playing.

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